The consumer is likely to fall into the trap of sugars consumption if he or she does not notice ingredients such as maltodextrin, lactose or modified starch, even in the absence of sugar, from the list of ingredients listed in the product label.
The writer Ana Dora - in her report published in the newspaper "Confidencial" Spanish - that it is not easy to know whether food products contain sugar is not easy.
Sugar is found in many ingredients such as dextrose, fructose, galactose, and sucrose, as well as xylose, dextrin, modified starch, and maltodextrin.
Therefore, the amount of sugar in the product should be estimated before consuming it, because we often acquire products and we are fully convinced that they are sugar-free but in fact they are not.
According to the World Health Organization, sugar should not exceed 5% of daily calories. Overall, what we need to avoid excessive sugar consumption is obvious imperatives, including protecting ourselves from tooth decay, obesity and diabetes, which in turn can lead to other diseases.
According to Dr. Francisco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition and Health at the World Health Organization, "Sugar is not a necessary component in terms of food .. The consumer will feel better health if reduced consumption of sugars to less than 5%, which is equivalent to the consumption of less than 250 ml of sweetened beverages Daily".
The Food Justice Movement has interacted with sugar products for years. The initiative issued a report entitled "My First Poison" in which it criticized the baby food sector, which ranges from birth directly to three years.
The World Health Organization has confirmed that eating sugary foods and drinks is an important source of unnecessary calories, especially for children, adolescents and young people.
Sugar consumption affects a child's nutritional choices, which usually change their dietary preferences and consumption habits. According to the Food Justice Movement, many products labeled as sugar-free are actually not.
Sugar is a multi-identifiable ingredient
Knowing how much sugar is in the product is not a simple or easy matter, but it does not negate the existence of some ways to help it. By law, any product label should contain all the ingredients from which they are made, ordered by quantity, but does the consumer know all the terms that indicate the presence of sugars?
There are many ingredients on the product label, some of which are known and others we know nothing about. It is necessary to know all these ingredients and the amounts used so that we are aware of what we consume.
The following is a list of ingredients that mean the product contains sugars:
Fructose or fructose
3 - Galactose
Maltose or malt sugar
7- Lactose or sausage sugar
Lactose is the most widely used ingredient in the manufacture of food products, and is found naturally in cow's milk, sheep, goats and other mammals. It can also be found in dairy products and is chemically formed by glucose and galactose.
Therefore, it is necessary to exercise caution when acquiring different types of candy, ice cream, low-calorie foods, cold meats (such as hamburgers, sausages, minced meat), scrambled milk, cereals, mayonnaise and many other foods made with milk. Lactose is also used in the manufacture of certain medications and even in toothpaste.
Maltodextrin is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the manufacture of food products. It is extracted from the hydrolysis of corn starch, and can also be made from other grains such as wheat and rye, or from carbohydrate-rich foods such as bananas or cassava.
Maltodextrin is usually used as a thickener in sauces, soups, pastries, sweets, dairy products and ice cream, as well as soft drinks, frozen products, meat products, pastries and even in cocoa powder.